Sally Challen’s supporters, including her son @David_Challen have gathered outside the court.
She is currently serving 18 years in prison for murdering her husband in 2010.
Richard Challen agreed but with stringent conditions.
She discovered he’d been cheating on her again.
The following year she was convicted of murder.
This is a landmark domestic abuse case. #challen
In other words the extreme psychological abuse that he inflicted on her led her to kill him. #challen
She will be listening to the evidence from a prison.
The hearing begins.
Some of that evidence will be around the issue of controlling and coercive behaviour.
He is in the witness box.
He is a retired forensic social worker.
He’s been assessing domestic violence since the 1980’s.
He says it’s now known to be the most common form of abuse for which primarily women seek outside assistance.
Barrister - what does it achieve?
Professor - compliance ... making victims afraid.
Professor Stark - ultimate risk is homicide
She’s served 8 years of her 18 prison sentence.
Professor Stark - Over time a partner feels they are losing their mind and their sense of reality.
It drives people crazy, he says.
They are asking whether a live relay of proceedings would be possible.
He admits he hasn’t but did send her questions to answer.
No further questions.
Professor Stark finishes evidence and steps down from the witness box.
One of the barristers has suggested her and her colleagues move forward a bench to create some space.
He confirms he was asked to give evidence at Sally Challen’s trial in 2011 on behalf of the defence.
He says it’s unusual for him to have to make three visits to a defendant. He usually makes two visits.
Dr Exworthy says it was difficult to follow Sally Challen’s chronology and it was tricky to get the background history of her relationship with her husband.
Dr Exworthy said Sally Challen said when she approached her husband about it he said he was “not prepared to discuss it”
He tells the court she suffered from a depressive disorder.
Dr Gilleley says he based it on her account and how she was functioning.
He says it is his conclusion that at the time of the offence Sally Challen was not suffering from any mental disorder.
He says Mrs Challen was very open with him about that when he spoke to her.
She has been called by the defence.
She says she found the statements Sally Challen gave to the police after the offence “unusual” in that they were long.
It “suggested some disorganisation of mind” Dr Adshead tells the court.
The hearing will resume at 10.30am in court 4.
Sally Challen, 65, killed her husband by hitting him with a hammer more than 20 times in 2010.
A jury convicted her the following year of murder.
She, through her legal team, are trying to get her murder conviction reduced to manslaughter.
Coercive control is extreme psychological abuse.
She can see and hear what’s going on in court 4 at the Appeal Court where the hearing is taking place.
In no way was the offence premeditated, Clare Wade QC tells the court.
They may also give their reasons if there is time.
Judgment expected shortly in the Sally Challen appeal.
A retrial has been ordered.